Scotland 2015 #7 – Urquhart Castle; on to Gardenstown

what an interesting day. After polishing off a traditional Scottish breakfast (I passed on the black pudding) we checked out of the Clansman Hotel – complete with lake view and headed off on a 2 hour  Loch Ness cruise.

The highlight was a 60 minute visit to historic  Urquhart Castle ruins – with records showing Columba visited settlement there as far back as the 6th century. It’s been in ruins for over 300 years yet it’s truly stunning.



Then … off to this tiny secluded northern Scottish beachside town of Gardenstown- a pub, a restaurant, a Spar store, no Post Office, no ATM, no fuel, no phone reception. Isolated and beautiful. 3 pics. The first taken by us from the bedroom window of our marvellously decked out little cottage; then two cheated one via the crowd we accessed it through. 

Really tricky parking our hire car, so we may find ourselves delighting in even more of our much anticipated ‘down time’. Certainly no short trips down the road to wherever. Mind you, a short trip nearby to that equally quaint Scottish village – Pennan is certainly on the list. Pennan was made famous in the late 1980s movie Local Hero.




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